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Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Tokyo: In terms of expat life, what gives Japan the edge over other Asian countries?

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Layla Vandenbergh
Copy editor, 32
(British)
I find the contrast of the ultra-modern and innovative — technology, architecture — alongside the ancient, traditional culture incredibly appealing. I'm also a big fan of sushi and karaoke.

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Nick Matusch
DJ, 21
(German)
I favor life here because Japan has a strong economy and an ordered society. Everything seems to be on time and always reliable as well. I have always felt at home here.

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Madeleine Squire
Artist, 19
(British)
Because Japan is a beautiful country, it has an exciting culture, and very friendly people. People don't seems as skeptical and mistrustful as they do in other countries.

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Barney Brown
Web designer, 35
(British)
Culture and design. There is something about the Japanese approach to design — minimalism — which is perfectly suited to the web. Being in Japan is an inspiration to my design processes.

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Audrey Dubois
Teacher, 30
(French)
Japan is an exciting mix, with its buzzing streets, wonderful language, peaceful parks, and of course the exquisite food (except bean paste croissants, which would be a no-no in France).

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Bob Dankworth
Investment banker, 38
(Canadian)
Maybe it's the conscientious culture, the rich history, the boundless enthusiasm or the exceedingly tasty cuisine. There is an unquantifiable "pull" about Japan which hooked me from the start.



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